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So my grandma has been in a nursing home type facility since she's been unable to walk. She's been ill for the past few days and had surgery last Wednesday. Sunday I went to visit her, and apparently her roommate has shingles!!! Why wouldn't someone tell me, why wouldn't the staff put up some sort of sign on the door or something!!? With some research I saw that you can only get chicken pox from shingles, not shingles themselves. But with research that I've done, chicken pox can still cause birth defects, mental retardation, and seizures. And i've been paraoniod now! I had chicken pox as a kid, but I was 6 and it was only a moderate case. And I read that you can get it a 2nd time sometimes if your immune system is compromised. And pregnancy lowers your immune system. So now i've been really stressing about this. I won't be visiting for a little while again, but have already been there and possibly exposed. What are your opinions? I can't talk with the doctor until tomorrow around 12ish.
My Dr. did a test at my first appointment to see if I'm immune and I was not so they brought it to my attention. They said this is a standard blood test done during pregnancy, so chances are if you weren't immune they would have said something.
The chances of you catching anything from this lady are slim. My moms had shingles 52 times. (seriously) and I've never gotten anything from her even though I'm not immune to chicken pox.
Kaley. 23. Married to my high school sweetheart Josh for 4 wonderful years.
I dont think it's highly contagious, or the hospital would have had her quarantined from other patients. They can't test every new patient to make sure they are immune from the shingles/chicken pox......Right? I understand your concern. I wonder what your OB will say...
Try not to worry about it. If you had the chicken pox as a child it is highly unlikely you will catch it again. Plus shingles aren't contagious through the air, you would have to have direct skin to skin contact with the shingles blisters to catch chicken pox.
__________________ Michelle, Wife to Sean & Mommy to three sweet girls and one little boy!
Shingles is highly contagious but only if the lesions are open and someone comes in contact who is unvaccinated or has never had chicken pox. Like Michelle said, you'd have to have touched her blisters.
I wouldn't worry too much since you've had chicken pox (you cant get shingles from shingles but you can get chicken pox from shingles) and I assume you weren't hugging up on the lady.
Last edited by kristiemarie518; August 6th, 2012 at 08:27 PM.
Try not to worry. like the other ladies said If an adult or child has direct contact with the shingles rash and did not have chickenpox as a child or a chickenpox vaccine, they can develop chickenpox, not shingles.